Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

Mindfulness Talk Set for Wednesday

The Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson Foundation, is sponsoring a presentation on mindfulness by Dr. Ilene Berns-Zare at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. The psychologist, educator, and life and career coach will explore mindfulness, its benefits, and show how it offers a foundation for strengths-based parenting. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. Click here to register, and for more information.

Five Win Awards at National Journalism Conference

Five Statesman staff members won awards in the “Write Off” contest held Friday and Saturday at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association national conference in Chicago.

Senior Olivia Lamberti earned a Superior rating, the highest possible, in the Newswriting category. She and other participants listened to a 30-minute presentation, took part in a 15-minute question-and-answer period, then had to write a news story of no more than 350 words. Also receiving a Superior rating was junior Dylan Hu in Commentary Writing. He and other contestants wrote 350-word pieces based solely on source materials they received about a contemporary topic.

Stevenson’s other award winners were senior Ani Nuthalapati, who received an Excellent rating in Newspaper Editing; and seniors Ashley Mandel and Adele Lee, who earned Honorable Mention ratings in Review Writing and Sports Writing, respectively.

More than 6,000 students attended the conference. In addition to the competition, Stevenson’s contingent attended learning sessions taught by high school newspaper advisers and journalism professors from across the country.

Stevenson’s newspaper adviser and journalism teacher, Dean Bradshaw, presented three sessions during the conference: “Newspaper and the Principal: Making Each Other Nervous”; “If You Can Review a Movie, You Can Review the World”; and “UnCommon Journalism: Common Core and Standards-Based Grading in Journalism Education.”

Senior Among Chicago Rally Leaders

Senior Arad Boxenbaum was one of several high school students who led a rally Saturday in Chicago’s Federal Plaza, calling on elected officials to do more to prevent school shootings and gun violence.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots dominated at Lake Forest, winning nine of 12 events en route to capturing their third consecutive conference title. SHS, which plays host to an IHSA sectional on Saturday, amassed a final team score of 401.50, well ahead of runner-up Libertyville, which had 246. Senior Ashley Carollo won two events, and also swam on two first-place relays. She captured the 50-yard freestyle for the second straight year (24.27), and claimed the 100-yard freestyle (53.19) for the first time. She also was part of the winning 400 free relay for the third straight season, this time teaming with fellow senior Jennifer Xiong, junior Abigail Li and freshman Claudia Rzeznik (3:37.11). Ashley won her first conference title in the 200 free relay, joining forces with juniors Madeleine O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens, and sophomore Jessica Nyborg (1:38.90). Jessica, who transferred from Maryland during the summer, won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.03), and also was part of the first-place 200 medley relay with Madeleine, sophomore Elizabeth Cao and senior Natalie Wess (1:48.84). This is the third straight season SHS has won the 200 medley relay, and the second consecutive year for Natalie and Elizabeth, who captured the 200 individual medley (2:12.08). Jennifer, who was part of the champion 400 free relay last year, won her first individual conference crown, touching first in the 500 free (5:19.44). Also winning her first NSC championship was freshman Shreeya Sinha in 1-meter diving (356.95). Stevenson also won the JV conference meet; a results summary will appear in Tuesday’s Digest. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Spartan Eliminator Tournament: At the Brunswick Zone in Mount Prospect, the Patriots opened their season by qualifying for the afternoon Gold Division, which featured the top eight teams from morning action. SHS finished eighth in the Gold Division, and its six-game pin total of 5,332 was ninth out of 24 teams overall. Sophomore Joey Gluck led the Pats with a 15th-place finish out of 139 bowlers. His six-game pin total of 1,189 included a high game of 234. Stevenson had two others in the top 50: sophomore Nicholas Sternes (1,096 series, 209 high game) and classmate Benjamin Ries (1,052 series, 242 high game). The rest of the Patriot roster split time for the six games. Sophomore Ryan Lerman scored 708 over four games, with a high game of 211. Sophomores Ryan Grabiner (497) and Josh Lerner (461) bowled three games, and senior Kerry Mueller (329) was in two games.

Girls and Boys Fencing

Stevenson at Lowell (Ind.) Red Vikings Invitational: Senior Geeta Jhangiani won first place in women’s epee, and junior Sanya Bawa was second in women’s saber, for the Patriots in their season-opening tournament. A trio of Pats placed third: sophomore Nikita Vasilyev in men’s saber, junior Aya Taira in women’s foil, and junior Rachel Roh in women’s saber. – Official Results

Njongmeta Commits to Wisconsin Football

Senior linebacker Maema Njongmeta announced Saturday his oral commitment to play football at the University of Wisconsin. The Cameroon native, who didn’t start playing the game until his freshman year, will join Mike Maskalunas (Class of 2016) on the Badgers’ roster. This 2017 Daily Herald article traces Maema’s rise to prominence. He was selected to the Daily Herald and News-Sun all-area teams last fall, and also earned all-North Suburban Conference honors.


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S-Factor Auditions Next Week; Sign Up Today

Auditions for Kiva’s annual S-Factor singing competition will be held before and after school Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 12-14. Morning auditions will take place in the Recital Hall, and afternoon sessions will be in the West Auditorium. Sign up for an audition at Students who want to sing or serve as emcees must sign up for an audition.


The Political Action Club is holding an Election Watch Party from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Quiet Learning Center (QLC). Come watch and discuss the election returns. All students are invited.

Does your Give-A-Thon family have a baby? Learn to knit a baby hat you can include with your family gifts. In the Loop is meeting after school today in Room 7064. All are welcome. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, they’ll teach you!

Are black cats really bad luck? If not, then why are they the last ones to be adopted from shelters? Learn the truth at Animal Welfare Club after school Tuesday in Room 7064. All are welcome.


Polar Bear Winter Conditioning Club starts Monday, Nov. 12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meet outside of the Cardio Room (5042). Bundle up and dress to run/workout outside. The group will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays until mid-February. Anyone looking to get in shape for their spring sport is welcome!


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